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This murder scene was phony, say police after woman is arrested


LIVINGSTON–State Police investigators from the Livingston barracks arrested a 32-year-old Schenectady woman for tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony; third degree falsely reporting an incident and making a punishable false written statement, both class A misdemeanors, August 15.

At about 4 p.m. August 14, State Police received a call from a woman claiming to be the victim of an attempted murder. Troopers responded to the County Route 10 scene and interviewed the caller. The woman told police that her elderly mother attempted to shoot her with a handgun.


Further investigation revealed that the woman, identified as Tiffany Rinchere had allegedly fabricated the entire incident. She allegedly planned the incident and planted physical evidence, including ammunition casings at the scene to make it appear that the event actually occurred.

Ms. Rinchere was issued appearance tickets and is set to return to Livingston Court August 23.

Lake Taghkanic

State Police report that a three-year-old Greene County boy drowned at Lake Taghkanic State Park, August 21. At about 4:15 p.m. Columbia County 911 dispatched the Taghkanic Fire Company and Northern Dutchess Paramedics to the Lake Taghkanic State Park for a reported drowning that occurred at the West Beach. State Police Troopers responded to the scene to assist. 
An investigation revealed that at about 4:10 p.m., the child, who lived in Athens, become separated from his mother at the beach. She reported the child missing to lifeguards on duty who immediately began to search the water for him along with a Good Samaritan. The boy was found under the water and carried to the beach, where life-saving procedures were performed by life guards and emergency medical personnel. 
The boy was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 
State Police, State Park Police and the Columbia County Coroners’ Office are investigating. 
Anyone who was at the State Park’s West Beach Tuesday is asked to contact State Police at 518 851-2001 with information.

Family and friends routed by fire

A family of four and two overnight guests were forced from their home at the Columbiaville Mobile Home Park, 1154 Route 9 Lot 26, Stockport in the early morning hours of August 20. Investigators say the fire is “suspicious,” according to newsman Lance Wheeler. Mike Page, his wife, two kids and their friends fled from their mobile home at 1:16 a.m. An attached shed was fully involved when Mr. Page and his family woke up. Stockport firefighters along with the Greenport Rescue Squad were summoned. Mutual aid was provided by Stottville and Stuyvesant firefighters. Two trailers and one shed burned, according to County 911. The fire is being investigated by the County Cause and Origin Team and the State Police. The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office was also on the scene. Units were back in service at 5:23 a.m.


Deputies were dispatched by County 911 for a larceny and a fight at the Shop-Rite Supermarket on Healy Boulevard, August 15 at 2:39 p.m. Deputies Jeffrey Hofstetter and Peter Grzeskow arrived on the scene and took an 18 year old Hudson male into custody and charged him with petit larceny and harassment.

A second suspect, Stephen R. Pabon, 20, of Greenport was taken into custody the following day by Deputy Peter Grzeskow and Sheriff’s Investigator Anthony Brahm. Mr. Pabon was charged with petit larceny, fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Deputies say Mr. Pabon possessed medication which is listed as a controlled substance and was reported stolen from an individual who lives in Claverack. When taken into custody, Mr. Pabon was also allegedly found to possess stolen property from a person in Hudson. He was additionally charged with fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony for possessing a stolen credit card and fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property.

The 18-year-old, not identified by deputies, was arraigned before Greenport Justice Robert Brenzel and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bail bond and directed to return to town court August 27. Mr. Pabon, arraigned August 16 before Town Justice Francis Abitabile, was sent to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond and was directed to return to town court at a later date.


Dana Thimm, 31, of Columbiaville was charged with third degree possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny, both class A misdemeanors, by Deputy Joshua Oakes, May 23 at 7:19 p.m.

Ms. Thimm allegedly used a forged $10 bill to pay for merchandise at the Cumberland Farms Store in Columbiaville on April 24.

She was issued tickets directing her to appear in Stockport Court.


Deputy Joshua Oakes investigated a one car personal injury accident on State Route 9, north of the intersection with County Route 31, May 27 at 4:34 p.m.

Jonas Fajgenbaum, 39, of New York City was driving northbound on Route 9 he fell asleep behind the wheel. His vehicle crossed over the southbound lane, went off the roadway and struck an earth embankment. The driver and his passenger, Julie Fajgenbaum, 39, complained of back pain and along with their three children, ages 5, 1 and 1, were all taken to Northern Dutchess Hospital by the Northern Dutchess Paramedics.

The children did not have specific injuries. The driver was ticketed for failure to keep right and will answer the charge in Livingston Court.


The following face drug- and/or alcohol-related charges:

*Volodymyr Savkiv, 51, of Hawthorne was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test and operating without a license by Deputies Jason Garvey and Ian Boehme, May 28 at 12:56 a.m.

The deputies made the arrest after an investigation into an intoxicated motorist at the intersection of state routes 22 and 23 in Hillsdale. Mr. Savkiv was arraigned and directed by Hillsdale Justice Russ Immarigeon to return to the Hillsdale Court at a later date.

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